One of the nice things about the changing of the seasons is that you get to wear new gear. With the weather getting colder as each day passes by, it’ll soon be time to start wearing your favorite coats, boots, hats, scarves, and gloves on a regular basis. Before you designate a storage space or buy organizing products, first:
1. Decide how much you will really wear. How many coats do you and everyone in your household own? Will you really wear all of them during the winter? Are there coats or hats (and other accessories) that you haven’t worn in two seasons?
2. Try everything on. Putting on your winter gear may take a little bit of time, but it will be helpful to do because you’ll know if it still fits and looks as fabulous as you thought it did the last time you wore it.
Remember, if your favorite gear isn’t your favorite any more or if they no longer flatter you, consider passing them on to local charity (or posting them on Freecycle). You’ll free up space that you can use for things that still love and help someone else, too. And, you will be thrilled that you can find what you want when you want it.
Once you’ve decided what and how much you’ll be keeping, you’ll need to find a spot by the most used entryway to store them. By having the items you wear often near the entryway you typically use, you’ll be able to find them quickly as you’re heading out the door.
So, consider these storage options and choose the one(s) that best suit you:
If there’s a closet close to the main entry way, it will be a great spot to keep your most used winter stuff. To organize them, you can use:
- Baskets. Put labeled baskets or canvas boxes (for hats, scarves, gloves, earmuffs) on the shelf above the hanging rod.
- Hooks. If your closet has a door, install hooks on the inside of the door to hang your favorite scarves, sturdy sweaters, hats, or the bag you use every day.
- Hangers. Replace broken hangers with ones that you like. Use the same style/color for all coats or use a different color for each person in your family.
- Shoe and Boot Racks. Use a shoe rack at the bottom of the closet for shoes, sneakers, and short boots. For your knee high boots, use a stand made specially for their height or mount a rack on the wall next to the closet door (good for storing rain boots). If you decide to keep your longer boots on closet floor, use inserts to help them keep their shape. You can also use a boot tray outside the closet for dirty footwear.
If you don’t have a closet close by the main entryway, look for a wall with enough space to hold:
- Hooks. Mount sturdy hooks for overcoats and heavy jackets. If you have children in your home, mount the hooks at a height that they can easily reach them. You can use multiple single hooks or several hooks on a rack. Depending on how high you’ve placed them, you might also have room under your hooks for a bench. Select a bench with storage underneath so that you’ll have room to store for shoes.
- Coat Rack. Coat racks come in a variety of sizes, so choose the one that works best for your space. Some also come with hooks that you can flip up when not in use, and down when you’re ready to hang your jacket. A coat rack can also be used in conjunction with individual hooks on a nearby wall, especially if the hooks on the rack are harder to reach for the children in your home.
- Cubbies. If you’ve got the room, cubbies will give you ample space to store just about everything you have. Cubbies offer you a combination features (shelving for baskets or bins, shoe storage, and hooks) to hold all your winter gear.
Do you have a room or area in your home that needs organization help?
No worries – the Rubbermaid Professional Organizer Squad is here with expert advice! This group of professional organizers has seen and tackled it all. Simply enter your question, screen name and email to submit your question to them (any organizing question is welcome, no matter how simple or complicated!). We’ll answer and feature questions the squad can provide the best answers on. Don’t worry – we’ll email you if your question is selected!